Angela is a freelance writer and radio producer living in the heart of Newcastle. She is endeavouring to find and share the best the city has to offer no matter how many delicious restaurants she has to endure.
Published September 11th 2012
A great way to spend an afternoon
For any visitor to Newcastle, a trip to bustling Darby Street is essential both to see an iconic part of the city and to get a feel for the culture that makes Newcastle what it is today. Here's why it should be at the top of the to-do list for your next visit.
Firstly, Darby Street is located in leafy Cooks Hill, the cutest (in this writer's opinion) suburb in Newcastle. The area grew out of the nearby coal mines when workers needed residences in the 1850s. Throughout the suburb are gorgeous terraces, cottages and tiny detached houses, some dating back to the mid 19th century, and beautiful tree-lined lanes - a favourite being Council Street.
Secondly, Darby Street is unquestionably the trendiest stretch in Newcastle. A known 'hang' for Uni students in between (not) going to classes, Darby street offers a great opportunity for checking out the latest (and some previously unseen) fashions and fads unabashedly on display, sipping at chai lattes.
Speaking of lattes, Darby is also a fantastic place to stop for breakfast, morning tea, brunch, lunch - any meal of the day - with no less than twenty-five restaurants, takeaway places and pubs offering everything from Indian to Vietnamese and modern Australian fare. For amazing homemade Italian try Delucas, or if you're in the mood for some history with dinner, check out The Delany pub with its very own well dating back to the 1850s. For those with a sweet tooth, there is Coco Monde, a chocolate bar and restaurant specialising in all things 'brown gold' - they even do a cute high tea that is perfect for special occasions.
Darby Street is also home to several boutique gift shops (try Blackbird's Corner or Blue Star Elements), and a fantastic antiques store, absolutely packed with vintage clothing, jewellery, furniture, kitchenware and odds and ends, so if you're after something different or quirky for a friend or family member, this is the street to stroll down.
Strolling would, in fact, be your best bet in terms of transport as it is near impossible to get a park along the street itself. If you do come by car, try the surrounding streets - you may be lucky enough to spot free two-hour parking!
Parking difficulties aside, Darby Street is a great place to visit if you're craving a great coffee, and an ideal spot to spend a sunny afternoon.